Horror anthology films are, sadly, a trend that never caught on. Sure you get a great one like Trick r Treat that come along every few years but for the most part they are never made. Well all the way back in 1982 George Romero and Stephen King decided to take there love of the old EC Comic books and make Creepshow. A horror anthology comprised of five short stories: "Father's Day", "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", "Something to Tide You Over", "The Crate" and "They're Creeping Up on You!" The film and as a hit, and is considered a classic by horror fans, and Scream Factory has just put out a loaded Collector's Edition.
Creepshow centers around Billy. He's a little kid who loves reading horror comics. His dad is not a fan, and after yelling at him about it, hits him and sends him to his room. Billy grabs a comic and start cursing his father. As he continues sulking in anger The Creep character from the comic appears at his window and thus the tales begin.
The first story is Father's Day. It's about a father who daughter murdered him after years of abuse. When their family gathers together for a Sunday dinner he rides from the grave to get revenge
The second is The Lonesome Death of Jody Verrill. Jody (played by Stephen King) is a hillbilly farmer who sees a meteorite crash in his field. He needs money so his land won't get taken from him by the bank, and figures the meteor can get his some cash if he sells it. Unfortunately its an alien life-form that begins turning him into a plant
Up next is Something To Tide You Over. This one is all about Richard. A rich older man who finds out his wife is cheating on him. He decides to murder her and her lover by burying them in sand and letting the tide drown them. Unfortunately they come back to life for revenge.
Fourth we have The Crate. A simple yet effective story about a janitor who finds a crate that contains a man eating monster. When he shows it to Stanley, a local college professor, Stanley sees it as a way the get rid if his wife.
The final story is They're Creeping Up On You. It centers around Uppson Pratt. He's a rich recluse who lives in a complete sealed off apartment building. During a black out one night his apartment becomes over run by roaches which begins to drive him insane.
Relying on old fashioned comic book horror scares as opposed to the blood and Gore that was so prominent in the 80s, Creepshow was not only able to stand out, but it has also stood the test of time. With an amazing cast of actors such as Leslie Neilson, Ted Danson, Tom Atkins, Ed Harris's, Adrian Barbeau, and more the film moves at a fast pace. It helped to set the stage for the classic Tales From The Crypt series and has inspired countless horror directors and writers for generations.
Scream Factory has put out all the stops with this loaded set. Aside from the amazing transfer it's filled with special features.
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative – Color Correction Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Michael Gornick
Audio Commentary With Director George A. Romero And Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Michael Gornick
NEW Audio Commentary With Composer/First Assistant Director John Harrison And Construction Coordinator Ed Fountain
NEW Terror And The Three Rivers – A Round Table Discussion On The Making Of Creepshow With John Amplas, Tom Atkins, Tom Savini, And Marty Schiff
NEW The Comic Book Look – An Interview With Costume Designer Barbara Anderson
NEW Ripped From The Pages – An Interview With Animator Rick Catizone
NEW The Colors Of Creepshow – A Look At The Restoration of CreepshowWith Director Of Photography Michael Gornick
NEW Into The Mix – An Interview With Sound Re-recordist Chris Jenkins
NEW Mondo Macabre – A Look At Mondo’s Various Creepshow Posters With Mondo Co-Founder Rob Jones And Mondo Gallery Events Planner Josh Curry
NEW Collecting Creepshow – A Look At Some Of The Original Props And Collectibles From The Film With Collector Dave Burian
Audio Interviews With Director Of Photography Michael Gornick, Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, And Make-up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
Tom Savini’s Behind-The-Scenes Footage
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Film Locations Hosted By Sean Clark
Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards, And Movie Stills
Still Galleries – Behind The Scenes Photos
Obviously if your a fan it's a must buy. If for some reason you've never seen it head over and pick it up now. And parents, if your kids have yet to see it, thus is a great print to show them. While not violent in the sense of today's horror films, it still holds up and packs quiet the punch.
Overall 4 out if 5 Stars